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Sponsored: Trim Tabs vs. Interceptors: What are the Advantages and Disadvantages?

Series E is a family of large, fast-acting interceptors…

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Boat Nerd: More Improvements to Our Winter Retreat

What are some of the improvements we’ve made to our Leo…

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Stepping up to a 24V System

The common standard aboard most of the boats in Canada…

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Boat Nerd: Improvements to Our Winter Retreat

What are some of the improvements we’ve made to our Leo…

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Preparing for fall maintenance

As we begin to think about the change of season that is…

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Ask Andrew: On the Level

One of the thrills of boating is the process of becomin…

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Ask Andrew: Making Networks Work – It Can Be Done!

Don’t let electronics defeat you. A few years ago, I di…

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog lamented that his complexion made him t…

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Can a pontoon boat fly?

In my role as Managing Editor of Canadian Yachting maga…

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Ask Andrew: Sealing the boat’s prop shaft

In any boat with an inboard engine, the machinery that…

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Ask Andrew: Is Sea Speed the Answer?

Every spring, boaters gather in paint splattered overal…

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Applying or Repairing Your Vinyl Boat Lettering

One of the pleasures of boating, at least for me, is re…

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Ask Andrew: Andrew’s Book Club

My friends have refused to help me move. It’s not becau…

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Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control System: FAQs

While interceptor technology for the marine industry has been around for decades, it’s still a relatively new concept to recreational boats and their owners. Imtra has been offering Zipwake interceptors since 2017, and while more and more people are familiar with the product, there are still a lot of questions.

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Sail Replacement and Purchasing Process (Part 1 of 2)

For many sailors north of the snow belt, haulout means getting the boat ready for winter, which inevitably involves removing the sails. Oddly enough, winter is often the first time we really take a close look at them as we spread them out, flake and fold them. This is when we can closely inspect and spot some troublesome areas.

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Keven Talks Sails: Winter Voyage Preparation

This is the time of year for planning next season’s special voyage. This may be a trip up the coast, across the lake, or multi week sail to the islands or a favorite anchorage.

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Electric Yacht Conversion – Part II

This project started off in a way that many of us can relate to: Matt Bera and his family chose a boat that is perfect for them.

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Maintenance with Marc: Simple & Trouble-Free Diesel Fuel System Maintenance

The fungicide also acts as a biocide and prevents bacteria & fungal growth contamination from growing in your fuel, which is a big cause of filter clogging.

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Winterizing – Made Simple with Marc’s List

Last fall, a few members at my yacht club walked over and joined the exchange, which, by the way, is one of the great benefits and pleasures of being part of a yacht club or marina.

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Going Electric to Cruise Lake Ontario: A family ditches the diesel

We settled Svala into what my family and I had come to think of as the most desirable anchorage on Lake Ontario, on a sunny summer afternoon. With an abandoned settlement, an old schoolhouse full of swallows, giant snakes and a rum-running past, Main Duck Island had it all.

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Maintenance with Marc: Your engine mounts – do they need replacing? Part 2

Once you’ve removed everything around and opened up all accesses to the engine and prop shaft, use wood blocks under the engine to hold it in place. I used the car scissor action jack from my car. You’re not looking to raise the engine.

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Maintenance with Marc: Your engine mounts – do they need replacing? Part 1

Do you have abnormal engine vibration; rubber dust around engine mounts; telltale signs of possible engine mount wear or imminent failure?

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Boat DIY: Cradle adjustments can distort your boat

Last issue of CYOB, we discussed stay and shroud tension and how these adjustments can affect boat stress and even jam cupboard doors.

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Repair and re-paint your deck or cockpit floor

After 27 years of sun and traffic, the cockpit floor on Aquaholic was starting to look faded and had many small pinholes and minor surface cracks.

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Sail Tech: Slugs, Slides, and Boltrope

Sails are attached to the sailboat rig using several different systems. Let’s begin with mainsail. The most basic attachment is with a boltrope that fits into a mast groove. This is very secure, and the sail is very well supported along the luff edge.

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Choosing a Marine Surveyor

It seems like everyone has their “guy”, usually a marine surveyor they either know personally or have been referred to by another boater (or someone in the marine or insurance industries).

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Life onboard easier with a solar charging system

In a previous article, I detailed how we converted our ice box into a fridge/freezer onboard our Catalina 270. I can assure you, it is one of the best modifications we’ve made and truly classifies itself as an upgrade for both convenience and overall enjoyment.

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Spring commissioning checklist – Part 2

In Part 1 last issue we looked at a lengthy list of pre-launch checks, sailboat rigging and paperwork. This time, we move on to the engine room and carry on from there. We don’t guarantee and exhaustive list – make your own and build on it every year.

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Boat Nerd: DC Electrics – Part 7 – final considerations Inverters and Multimeter

Should you have 120VAC devices or appliances (vacuum, expresso maker, induction elements, wired tools) you’d like to run on your vessel when away from the dock you will need an inverter. An inverter takes in DC power and synthesizes 50 or 60Hz AC power at 120 or 220V.

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How to maintain a boat’s steering cables

By keeping a boat’s steering system in proper working order, an owner can ensure that they have reliable and proper control of a boat at all times.

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Spring commissioning checklist – Part 1

Everyone has their own spring ritual that often includes rooting through the basement or garage and finding the uncompleted tasks from last year.

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Boat Nerd: DC Electrics – Part 6: Battery Banks – Connecting batteries in Series or Parallel

When it comes to building sizable house battery banks, you will probably need more than one battery. Combining multiple batteries in series and/or parallel will allow you to construct a larger battery banks.

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Boat Nerd: DC Circuits Part 5 – Fuses

Figure 10 shows many of the fuse types commonly found on a vessel and the ones I use most commonly. (but not a complete list by any means). They differ by physical size, current capacity and AIC.

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Boat Nerd: DC Circuits Part 4 – Bolted connections, current protection

Many wires on a vessel are connected via a bolted lug. ABYC standard E-11 covers normal do and don’ts.

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Taking Care and Adding Years to Your Canvas

Whether you’re a powerboater or a sailor, and for those of us that have our boats hauled out and stored, winter is an excellent time to take proper care and maintenance of your canvas. Regardless of the investment that can vary greatly, we know how indispensable they are for increasing and extending the enjoyment of our beloved boating seasons.

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Boat nerd: Boat DC Electrics – part 3

The other factor that affects wire size after the “how much current can it handle before burning up” question is, what is the voltage drop across the wire? At 120V if we lose a volt or two along the wire run it’s no big deal. At 12V if we lose a volt or two it’s a very different story.  

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Safety: Five midwinter checkup tips for boat owners

Storms have hammered the country big time this winter so many recreational boats are sleeping away the winter under a layer of ice and snow. If you store your boat outside and haven’t checked up on her lately, The folks at Boat Owners Association of The United States offers five tips for a midwinter checkup that apply nicely in Canada, too.

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Boat nerd: Boat DC Electrics – part 2: Wiring your Boat

In Part 1, last issue, you reviewed the fundamentals. Now that you understand some of the basic constructs of electrical work we look at getting down to the exercise of determining what wire too use and how do I connect it?

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Boat nerd: Boat DC Electrics – part 1

This series deals with basic DC boat wiring concepts. From various articles and posts I see, and talking with boating friends, there seems to be mystery for many when it comes to boat electrics. I don’t intend this to be a deep dive but hopefully enough to take away some of the mystery.

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